James Wilson almost wasn't wearing the Orange and Blue this season, though. The former Parade All-American and five-star prospect underwent knee surgery last summer and didn't do much for the Gators during his first fall camp. The frustration began to build and he considered a transfer.
But his teammates and the Florida coaching staff convinced Wilson to stay in Gainesville, and now he's hoping it pays off this fall.
"It's going real good," Wilson said. "I'm just working in with the ones and twos and just trying to earn some playing time."
Like most of the Gator linemen, Wilson is versatile. He's been practicing at both left and right guard, but more importantly, he feels like he fits in well despite the transfer rumors.
"It's going great," he said. "They treat me like they treat each other. If I mess up than they get on me, and if they mess up they expect me to get on them, too. We're just trying to work together so we can win."
In order to see playing time this fall, Wilson knows what he needs to work on.
"I'm pretty comfortable, I just have to work on my technique," he said. "I know my assignments and everything. It's just technique and being consistent with it."
The fact that the Gators have such a highly regarded recruit fighting for playing time says a lot about the amount of depth they have across the offensive front.
"We all fell accountable to do the job just as well as the next guy," Wilson said. "It keeps everybody working hard all the time."
And it doesn't hurt that Wilson has a some experience protecting last year's Heisman Trophy winner.
"We always used to joke, my family and his, you take care of Timmy," he said. "We play well together. He knows that I'm going to take care of him and he knows what I'm going to do. We just go way back with each other."
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